Identifier

MSS.2.3

Publication Date

1-1-1917

Document Type

Letter

Transcription

491 Avenue Joffre
Shanghai, China
16 August, 1917

Dearest Dada,

Two letters from you
just came! They were like an
oasis to a [shauper] lost in the
desert! Now do not think from
this that I am unhappy or
dissatisfied with my home life.
Far from that! Only I still
feel that I am in a dream;
for I haven't quite found
exactly where I am. Your
good advice to lose myself
in the lives of my people
here is well-timed, for
you know I am a very in-
dependent soul who for
two years has lived only
according to her own will.
It is hard, therefore, to re-
member that I must think
of others. And I am afraid
too that I am not so patient
as I should be.

We are a very happy family [page break]
here. Until a few days ago,
my second sister Mrs. S.
was also in Shanghai. She is
now in Canton with her
husband. We have not
heard from her directly
as any communications from
her would involve us who
have no connection at all
with affairs now. We do
know however from
messengers that she is well;
and that is all we
know. Because of all
this war and trouble in
the country, you understand,
all our letters to America
and Europe are likely to
be censored. I shall therefore
entertain you only with
my private affairs for
the present.

The Shanghai weather does
not agree with me. I
keep on getting ill inter-
mittently. We have been to
a great many dinners and teas, [page break]
though, and we have given
quite a number ourselves.
H.K. returned to Peking two
weeks, but has returned
now to Shanghai again. He
has been here quite often.
I fear, however, that I
care nothing for him. I may
be mistaken, but since my
return, I feel that he is so
very immature, and while
I like him, I have to ad-
mit that that is as far
as it goes on my side.
Of course with him it is
as it used to be.

A Swiss whom I met on
board ship has been here
quite often, and we have
great fun speaking French. Of
course he speaks beauti-
ully. As to seeing other
men, I am rather indifferent.
At dinners, I meet mostly [page break]
prominent men who are
already married. And
as I am still a "Jeux fille,"
and as I have 2 married
sisters, all I do is to sit
still and try to look
pleasant. My sisters are
planning to give me a
large reception this fall
- a sort of coming out
party. Of course everything
will depend upon the state
of affairs in the country
then. Mother and Father
object to my seeing men
very much as they don't
want me to get married
for the next three years.
As I myself am quite
contented at home, I
do not want to marry
either, - especially as
I told you that I met
"my fate" on the boat. Since [page break]
I cannot marry someone I
really care for, I shall
not marry for anything else
except fame or money.
I know you think I am
mercenary; but after all
Dada dear, now all men
are alike to me. I know I
sound world-weary: but
isn't it just my luck
though not to meet him until
on my way home! The
way the family scorns him
because he is a foreigner
would make you think
that he is a Barbarian!

Oh, Dada, we have ordered
our Buick car - but tough
luck, - the next shipment
won't be in until another
week. Miss Kendall is
supposed to arrive today;
but her ship has not come.
I expect to meet it: I was hop- [page break]
ing to get our car by then;
however I suppose I'll
have to take Mother's
carriage instead.

Oh, I have just received
my last semester's report.
A Philosophy 9
A Philosophy 16
A International Politics
A Literature (Young must have changed his opinion that I am superficial!)
B History (English)
B French

This is a fairly good report.
I wished I had done as
well Freshman and Sophomore
year. Were this the
case, I would have been
a Phi Beta. But [Piffle]!

I shall take some pictures
of this house tomorrow, and [page break]
send them to you.

The family except me are
on the lawn playing
croquet.

My brother-in-law Mr.
Kung will be here in a
few days. He has been
unable to come on account
of the floods up north,
and law suits on his
property. As it is now, be-
cause the roads have
been washed, out he
telegraphs that he is com-
ing on foot.

I haven't written to any
of the other kids yet. And
to you twice! You see,
old Dada, I think a
whole lot of you.

I am afraid that I am
not a very successul house- [page break]
keeper; I keep on forgetting
so many things. And it
is so hot, - and we
do have so much company.

I wish you were here in
our beautiful garden
with me. It is lovely! Oh,
please for heaven's sake
send me some magazines!
I feel stagnation here. The
society people read only
[] fiction. I want
Scribner's, the Atlantic,
the Saturday Evening Post,
and The Digest. Please sub-
scribe anything else you
think I will like, and
please try to get me club
rates. Oh yes, please also
send the Ladies' Home Journal
& some sort of magazine on
children for my sister. Send bill
for I have plenty of pocket money.

Love,
Daughter

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